New online tool maps flood risk in Tampa Bay Area, Florida

The nonprofit research and technology group First Street Foundation has publicly released flood risk data for more than 142 million homes and properties across the country, including Florida and the Tampa Bay region.

While FEMA classifies 8.7 million properties as having substantial risk, or within Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs), the First Street Foundation Flood Model identifies nearly 70% more, or 14.6 million properties with the same level of risk, according to a news release from the Foundation.

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